Video platform/scoreboard construction at the Sheakley Athletics Center.
June 21, 2012
CINCINNATI - Facility upgrades are underway in and around Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village. Set with a targeted August 1 completion date for these projects, the summer is proving to be a busy time for Bearcats athletics.
The restoration of the playing surface at Gettler Stadium began Monday with the removal of the existing FieldTurf in preparation for the installation of new turf. The previous FieldTurf, which outlived its average lifespan by two years, will be replaced with FieldTurf Revolution in the coming weeks. This new, top-of-the-line monofilament surface will offer the traditional FieldTurf surface, but with more of a soccer blend that incorporates longer and thicker blades of artificial grass compared to those used for football.
The removal of the old surface will be followed by the inspection of the drainage system. After the drainage inspection is complete, the installation of the new turf will begin. The project will take approximately 7-8 weeks to complete, with a target date completion of August 1.
The Sheakley Athletics Center is inching closer to completion with the majority of the exterior construction finished. An important exterior feature is currently in progress; a dual-sided scoreboard/video platform between the full-length field and the neighboring half-field. The video platform, along with a scoreboard display, will face the full-length field. A scoreboard, and a timer, will face the half-field. Completion of the Sheakley Athletics Center is aimed for the end of July, more specifically in time for the grand opening on August 28. Stay tuned to GoBearcats.com for further information leading up to the grand opening of the Sheakley Athletics Center.
Inside the Richard E. Lindner Center, facility upgrades are also in progress. The practice gym, located on the first floor of the Lindner Center and primarily used by men's and women's basketball and volleyball, is in the initial stages of aesthetic and functional improvements. This privately funded project includes the installation of sound-absorbent panels to combat the echo that has existed in the facility. These new panels can aid in coach and player communication, which can help enhance instruction during practice. The gym will also feature UC and BIG EAST branded graphic displays to add a more aesthetically pleasing dimension to the facility. August 1 deadline is set for this project to help accommodate for practices leading up to the season for these fall and winter sports.
The court in Fifth Third Arena is also undergoing an aesthetic change; an appealing two-tone look seen here. The court itself is currently housed in Armory Fieldhouse where it has been sanded down in preparation for the staining of the wood later this week. Once staining and painting are complete, a curing period of 10-14 days is needed before each 4-by-8 foot panel is moved and installed in Fifth Third Arena. This project is tied into the department's operating expenses and is part of the general maintenance that occurs each year. The new finish is especially needed for the upcoming basketball season to remove from the floor the commemorative 50-year men's basketball national champion graphics and the women's three-point line, which is being moved back to the men's 3-point line of 20 feet, 9 inches by the NCAA. Check out the time lapse of the current progress on the Fifth Third Arena floor here.
Stayed tuned to GoBearcats.com for the second installment of our facility upgrades update in the upcoming weeks.